Library Book Haul (#1)

Hey everyone! Every week or so, I have decided to do a Library Book Haul. This will be a way for you to see what books I’ve been getting and what I will be possibly reviewing in the future. Without futher a do, here we go!

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You can click on each title to  go to it’s Goodreads page.

  1. Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

2. Survival Strategies for the Almost Brave by Jen White

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3. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg

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I hope you enjoyed this first Library Book Haul! This will be weekly or every other week. This haul consisted of one teen and two tween books.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Library Book Hauls!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

The Book Blogger Test!

Hey everyone! I was kind of tagged for this. I saw it today on Kendra’s blog. Go check her blog out here!

 


What Are Your Top 3 Book Pet Hates?

  1. People who draw in books and then give them to other people. If you’re going to draw in your book, don’t give it away!
  2. Authors who somehow have spelling and grammar mistakes. How the heck did it make it past your editor or spell check?!

3. Books that have too many characters. How am I supposed to keep up with who’s who?

Describe Your Perfect Reading Spot.

This is pretty straight forward. My perfect reading spot has to be quiet. It also has to be comfortable and have good lighting.

Tell Us Three Book Confessions.

  1. I have a huge problem with reading tween/children age books. You guys probably already know that.
  2. I don’t have my books organized in anyway on my bookshelf

3. I can’t keep up with my Goodreads challenge.

When Was The Last Time You Cried During a Book?

Um.. let’s see.. At least a  week ago. Normally I’m not very emotional while reading though.

How Many Books Are On Your Bedside Table?

Wait for it… Zero! The book I’m reading right now (Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon) is on my bed. The rest of my books are on my book shelf.

What Is You Favorite Snack To Eat While Reading?

Absolutely nothing! I just like me and my book 🙂

Name Three Books You Would Recommend To Everyone

This is so difficult! Umm..

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone by J.K. Rowling
  2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

These sound like books I’d recommend to myself…

Show Us A Picture of Your Favorite Bookshelf On Your Bookcase.

I don’t have an actual bookcase. It’s more of a makeshift one. The shelves are very cluttered and unorginized. I don’t think you guys want to see that.

Write How Much Books Mean To You In Three Words.

Can’t.Live.Without

What Is Your Biggest Reading Secret?

It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you!


I tag:

Every book blogger! This is a great way for your followers to get to know you and for you to show your love for books.

I think I passed the test. Will you?

 


This was such a great tag/test! I definitely recommend doing it if you’re a book blogger or love books.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Book Traveling Thursday (#17) BFF

Hey everyone! Tomorrow’s Friday and that means it’s almost the weekend. It also means it’s time for another Book Traveling Thursday! This amazing meme is hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! You should definitely check out their blogs and give them a follow. To find out more about this meme, future themes and more, go to the Goodreads group. This week’s theme is:

Because friendship matters choose your favorite bookish BFF.

This is a pretty tough one since some books I’ve done fit perfectly into this. Never the less, I have decided to do Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I just finished reading this book last night and it was absolutely amazing. The review will be up ASAP. I can really relate to Eleanor in that we are both unique and have red hair.


Original/ Cover From My Country (US):

Eleanor & Park

Favorite Cover(s):

Eleanor & ParkEnglish

Eleanor & Park. Per una voltaItalian

Eleanor og ParkDanish

Eleanor & ParkDutch

My favorites are probably the Dutch and Danish ones. They are both so unique and colorful!

Least Favorite(s):

Eleonora un PārksLatvian

Δυο λέξεις μόνοGreek (Modern)

ელინორი & პარკიGeorgian (This is a new language to me)

Елеанор і ПаркUkrainian

Eleanor & ParkIndonesian (Sorry for the terrible quality)

My least favorite is probably the Indonesian one. It looks nothing like Eleanor and Park!


That’s all! There were definitely some good and bad covers this time. What were your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Book Traveling Thursdays!

~Makayla the  Bookworm 😀

WWW Wednesday (#18)

Hey everyone! You’re halfway through the week. Keep powering through  and you can make it to the weekend! It’s also time for WWW Wednesday. This meme is currently hosted by Sam. You should definitely check out her blog if you haven’t already! To participate, all you have to do is answer three questions:

What did you recently read?
What are you currently reading?

What are you going to read?


Recently Read:

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This was a pretty amazing book! You can see some of my thoughts and more in my review here.

Currently Reading:

This is a great book. It’s set in the year 2041 on the moon. It’s a book for ages 8-12 so I most likely won’t review it unless people want to see one.

Going to Read:

I wanted to take a small YA book but will read this next. I will definitely review this.


That’s a wrap! It was a pretty straightforward and average week of reading. What did you read this week? Let me know or link your own WWW in the comments!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more WWW Wednesdays!

About the Author: Harper Lee

Hey everyone! I’ve been running out of post ideas once again. This is a new idea that may or may not work. I thought that once a week or so I could do an About the Author. It can have a specific day if you guys want or it can just be whenever. These posts will/would be the personal side of an author. This week, I have decided to do Harper Lee has the “test” author. Since this is new, I’ll explain the types of things that I’ll include.

Nelle Harper Lee was born April 28th, 1926 in Monroeville, AL. She passed away on February 19th this year in her hometown at 89. (These posts would regularly include full name, birth date and death date (if available) as well as place of birth and death)

(Picture of Hometown/Death place)

5 Fun Facts:

  1. Harper Lee’s first book To Kill a Mockingbird has sold over 40 million copies and been translated into at least 40 languages.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird once beat out the Bible in popularity.
  3. Harper Lee began writing a true-crime book. She didn’t follow through
  4. Nelle is Harper Lee’s first name.
  5. Nelle is her grandmothers name spelled backwords.

Books: (Famous and most noteworthy books)

To Kill a Mockingbird (Seen above)

Go Set a Watchman

Well Known Quotes (The author’s famous/well known quotes)

There might be more or less included in these kinds of posts.


That’s a wrap! Do you want these posts to be a regular thing? How often do you want them? Do you not want them at all? Let me know!

If you can, please take a moment and take this quick poll. It will let me know what you guys think. You can of course comment your opinion as well.

Poll here!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more of these if you guys enjoy them.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

Book Review: Eleanor and Park

Hey everyone! It’s time for a book review! Before we jump into that, I just wanted to apologize. I want to apologize for not doing the Top Ten Tuesday this week. I will definitely do it next week so stay tuned for that! This week I am reviewing Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. This is a popular YA book so I’m sure you guys will enjoy it 😀 Without further ado, let us jump to it.


“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Eleanor and Park is a YA book by Rainbow Rowell. The book is 329 pages. I rate it a 4.5/5 stars. Goodreads rates this book a 4.1/5 stars and Amazon rates it a  4.5/5 stars. A couple of reasons I rated Eleanor and Park 4.5/5 was:

  1. Several times, I questioned their love for each other
  2. Eleanor and Park were pretty harsh with each other at times.
  3. They are so darn cute!


 

Amazon Summary:

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits-smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love-and just how hard it pulled you under.


Real Reviews:

Sarah Parks- “One of my favorite books! For younger readers, there’s a bunch of language and some sexual stuff and abuse. But for teens and above, it is a great book about dealing with self image issues, dealing with abuse, and finding yourself.” 5 star review


Karen Wright- “This is the 3rd Rowell novel I’ve read and I’m starting to fall in love with her writing. I get why she has a huge fan base now.

The story of Eleanor and Park is about two sixteen year old kids who both start off needing to be rescued in different ways. The narrative flips between the two perspectives but each view is so short there is no time lost going back and forth so the novel flows freely in real time.
I loved and hated the characters appropriately, I liked that although a whole host of secondary characters were introduced, they had poignant but minor roles so they added to instead of detracted from the story.
Intriguing, well-written book. Written for YA crowd but enjoyable to older readers too. I give it 4.5 stars.”  4.5 star review


Sandi K- “I am so conflicted about this book. It is very well written. The characters are well drawn and feel real. The story was just so hard to read. By that I mean, the cruelty that is the base of this book was so troubling. I did not want to finish it because I was so afraid of what was going to happen next. I don’t want to read a book where I fall in love with characters but their life sucks so bad that you ache for them. While the language was probably appropriate for the characters and situation, I got tired of the profanity and the crudeness. I know this type of situation is real but it is not want I want to read about for entertainment. So overall, I commend the writing (this is my fourth Rainbow Rowell book) but the story was just too much for me.” 3 star review


My Thoughts:

This was such a good book! It was an emotional roller coaster and definitely kept me reading. There was some sexual content and definitely some language. Abuse and a bit of violence is also included. I don’t recommend it if you can’t handle any of these. What confused me a bit was how throughout the story, Eleanor and Park seemed to hate then dislike each other a bit throughout the story. I loved seeing other minor characters show up. I felt so bad for Eleanor though. She was treated badly by her step dad, bullied by those at school and even Park’s mom doesn’t accept her at first. I go back and forth with this book but loved it overall. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who loves a good teenage love story.


That’s a wrap! How did you like this slightly different format? Let me know!

Have you read Eleanor and Park? If you have, I’d love to hear what you thought. No spoilers of course!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more book reviews.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hey everyone! This is just a quick little post to wish you all Happy Mother’s Day. If you’re a mom, you are an amazing human being. You created amazing people who will or have grow(n) up to do great things. If you are a son or daughter, I hope you thanked your mom/mum/ mothers for what they have done for you. Show your mom you love her 🙂

Happy Mother’s  Day to my amazing mom. I love you so much 😀 I wouldn’t be where I am today without you.

Thanks for reading and make sure to show your moms some love!

A special shout out to all of those who have lost children or moms. I know this is a hard day. Stay strong and embrace those around you. Celebrate the ones you lost.  They’ll always be there to watch over you.

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

Get To Know Me Tag!

Hey everyone! I’ve been waiting to do to this tag for absolutely ever! I’m sure you guys want to see this too. Unlike some bloggers, I don’t talk much about my self. This tag will hopefully help you learn a bit about who’s behind the Random Reads blog. I was tagged unofficially by some amazing bloggers!I am so sorry that I couldn’t include any specific bloggers but I honestly forgot  all the blogs where I’ve seen this tag.

KNOW ME

Vital Stats:

Name: Makayla. It’s not a super common name and means gift from god according to one website. I’m not a religious person so this is pretty interesting!

Nicknames: My nicknames are too embarrassing or don’t make sense to people who don’t know me IRL.

Birthday: November 6th!

Star Sign: Scorpio

Occupation: Student. I’m not old enough to get a job yet

 

Appearance:

Hair Color: Redish brown. It was a bright red when I was younger.

Hair Length: Medium length. Not super long and not super short.

Eye Color: Blue!

Best Feature: My hair! People always compliment me on it since red hair isn’t as common.

Piercings: Just the usual earring ones

Tattoos: None! I like the idea of at least one but I don’t like needles that much.

Right or Left: Right! I’m right handed and do absolutely everything with it.

Firsts:

Best Friend: I don’t exactly remember who was my first best friend. It was definitely a boy though in preschool.

Award: I don’t remember the first. It was an academic one though 🙂

Sport: I played basketball when I was younger. I haven’t been on a sports team since.

Real Holiday: Probably to the beach when I was a baby.

Concert: I have yet to go to a concert.

Favorites:

Films: I have quite a few favorites. Some of them being Marmaduke, The Smurfs, Toy Story, Nemo..

TV Show: I have quite a few of these too lol! One of them being

Color: Purple and blue

Song: Too many to count!

 

 Restaurant: Anything that has delicious fries. I love myself some fries. Other than fries, it depends on what I feel like.

Shop: Barnes and Noble, Target and Hot Topic
Books: Not answering!

 Currently:

Feeling: I don’t know if this is a feeling but tired.

Single or Taken: Single. I haven’t had a boyfriend and don’t think I will for quite a while.

Eating:  Nothing. I had dinner 3-4 hours ago.

Thinking About: Honestly I’m not thinking about much.

Watching: The letters appear on my computer screen XD

Wearing: A random t-shirt and pajama pants.

*NOTE: This post was written on a few different days. The answer was most likely just for that day if it was in the currently section*

Future:

Want Children: I think so. I don’t have names or genders or anything yet.

Want to be married: Yeah. I need to start dating first obviously XD

Careers In Mind: Author, Editor or something to do with weather. It might change in the future.

Where do you want to live: London? California? Paris? Canada? Where I’m living now? I have no idea.

Do You Believe In:

God: I don’t know how to answer this. All I’ll say is that somethings I believe and others I question.

Miracles: Yeah, miracles are definitely possible

Love at first sight: Yes and no.

Ghosts: A little bit.

Aliens: Yes and no. I don’t believe in the crazy UFO and alien abduction type things. I believe there could be life out there on other planets.

Soul Mates: I guess it could be possible. I’m not really sure about this one.

Heaven: I do think this exists

Hell: I prefer to think that it doesn’t

Kissing on the First Date: It definitely depends on if you are both okay with it. It also depends on how the date is going.

Yourself: Sometimes yes and sometimes no. I’m not a very confident person.


What a great tag! I actually learned a bit about myself while doing this. This took a few days to do but it was definitely worth it. I hope I didn’t do the memes and gifs.

I tag EVERYONE because I want to learn about all you amazing bloggers 😀
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more tags!
~Makayla the Bookworm 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get In The Know: April 2016 Edition

Hey everyone!! It’s the beginning of May and that means it’s time for another Get In The Know. I haven’t done one of these in absolutely forever. I always procrastinate and end up being too late. This month is a different story. If you have joined my blog since the last one of these here’s a quick run down. This post normally happens once a month the last couple of weeks or so of the month. The purpose is to basically wrap up the month and tell you what’s been going on. It’s just a monthly wrap up with a different name.

Without further ado, here we go!

Stats For The Month:

415 views

263  visitors

151 likes

35 comments

Readers from all over the world! 34ish places to be exact 🙂

Thank you so much guys! I love you all so much 😀

Posts This Month:

I talked about some amazing book bloggers in a Top Ten Tuesday

I talked about what I read in a WWW Wednesday

We flew around the world in Book Traveling Thursday

You found out what I thought totally should’ve happened with a book tag

We celebrated Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday!

I reviewed Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez

Prince passed away

I reviewed Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar

There were several Top Ten Tuesday, WWW Wednesday and Book Traveling Thursday posts. I didn’t want to link them all here since they all have the same idea behind them.


Personal:

-This month we started doing three hours of testing for 4 weeks at school. At this point we are only halfway thru 😦

-I’ve been looking forward to summer. I’m also not too. I’m moving on to the next school and some of my friends will be going to different schools. I’m hoping we can still stay in touch.

-I started reading Eleanor and Park recently!! I love it so much and can’t wait to review it when I’m finished.

Overall April was filled with lots of reading, testing and not much drama.

Sorry this was late! I hope you guys had a great April and will have a great May. If you’re in school, keep powering through. It’s almost over and you’ll be on break. If you aren’t in school anymore, don’t let anything bring you down.

Thanks for reading  and stay tuned for this month’s Get In The Know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Traveling Thursday (#16) Laughter

Hey everybody! Tomorrow’s Friday and I am pretty excited to just relax. It’s also time for Book Traveling Thursday! This meme is hosted by the wonderful Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much  and the awesome Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog! You can find out more information about the meme, future themes and more at the Goodreads group. This week’s theme is:

World’s Laughter Day was a few days ago. Choose a book that makes you laugh.

This was actually pretty tough! I finally chose to do The BFG by Roald Dahl. All the made up words and great descriptions definitely made me laugh!


Original/Cover From My Country (US):

The BFGOriginal The BFGCover I read

Favorite Cover(s):

Il GGGItalian

De GVRDutch

Sophiechen und der RieseGerman

SVJSwedish

All the covers are pretty darn similar! I apologize for that. My favorite is the Italian because of the yellow border/edges.

Least Favorite(s):

غول بزرگ مهربانPersian

WielkomiludPolish

Sophie và tên khổng lồVietnamese

ยักษ์ใจดีThai

Oh my gosh! The Thai and Polish ones are pretty creepy. This is a pretty well known book so finding covers wasn’t hard.


That’s a wrap! There was definitely lots of diverse covers this week. What are your favorite and least favorite covers? Let me know!

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Book Traveling Thursdays!

~Makayla the Bookworm 😀